Just as humans need a strong immune system to protect us from diseases and illnesses, technology also requires one to ward against cybercrime.
The Digital Immune system was initially created by American multinational technology company IBM as a complete method of virus protection in response to the growing threat of Internet-based virus transmission.
A Digital Immune System (DIS), which integrates some software engineering strategies like observability, automation, and extreme testing to improve the customer experience by guarding against operational and security risks, is one of the top strategic technology trends to watch out for in 2023.
The logical progression should be very straightforward if we consider our biological immune system. A digital immune system autonomously responds to threats to the normal state and autonomously returns it to the normal state.
The idea behind the digital immune system is to have security that operates as much as possible without relying on human intervention.
Only when the three fundamental concerns of people, processes, and technology are taken into account can security ideas be really holistic.
The digital immune system’s overall goal is to establish processes, automation, and checks that define and recognize the normal state and can fully automate its restoration in the event that the normal state is compromised.
By enhancing the resilience of the applications, a well-deployed digital immune system can safeguard services and applications while lowering the risk to business continuity.
Why is a digital immune system required in a security analysis?
Numerous new attack scenarios
Today, we can work from any device, anywhere, and at any time. Furthermore, the majority of us use a variety of delivery strategies for our apps and infrastructure (private, hybrid, public cloud, SaaS, etc.).
As a result, it’s essential to reconsider outdated security ideas and modify them to fit the current environment.
The rise in cyberattacks and the resulting expansion of the hacker industry.
A firm, authority, association, or other institution’s security incident is reported every week at least. This demonstrates that there is no clear target market to target. Everyone and every company, regardless of type, might suddenly become the target of a cybersecurity attack.
When developing a digital immune system, what should you pay particular attention to?
Security by design
Get rid of your security division. Mostly in part, and not from the individuals, but from the obvious division from other departments. Every implementation and/or change in the application landscape must take security into account.
In contemporary organizations, security is properly incorporated into SRE teams or DevSecOps teams to safeguard the application landscape and supporting infrastructure.
Automation and AI-based testing
This enables businesses to embed context-sensitive security systems and automated remediation functionalities right into an application, making software testing processes increasingly autonomous from human intervention.
Without the assistance of operations employees, it keeps track of itself, fixes problems as soon as it notices them, and resumes normal operation.
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